The 26th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) will present Service Heroes Night on Friday, July 13 during the 7:30 p.m. finals performance. The IFYR is a week-long event running through Friday at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, 1700 W. Independence in Shawnee.

The first 600 veterans, active duty military members and first responders who attend the Friday evening finals performance receive free admission for themselves and a guest with valid ID. These special guests will be recognized in the patriotic Grand Entry set to include an honor guard.

Service Heroes Night will also feature Bill Ford, director and owner of Shawnee Milling Company, as special guest to speak on behalf of our heroes. Ford served as a captain in the Field Artillery in the United States Army and actively promotes veterans affairs efforts in Shawnee.

Rodeo attendees will receive American flags to wave during the Grand Entry and the evening's performance in honor of our heroes.

“We hope everyone in the community will come out and show their support for our role models, our heroes,” said Chris Dunlap, assistant director of the International Finals Youth Rodeo and Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center. “Friday evening will be very special with Service Heroes Night and the excitement of the finals performance.”

Tickets to Service Heroes Night and to all other IFYR performances can be purchased in advance of each performance at the Expo Center Box Office. For more information, visit